THE RACE to become Kirkcaldy & Central Fife Sports Council Sports Personality of the Year 2011 is on!
The Fife Free Press, Glenrothes Gazette and East Fife Mail readers have been submitting their nominations for the top award in town over the past month, and the sports council has now selected its top four candidates – with the overall winner set to be decided by public vote.
Scottish 200m sprint champion Ryan Oswald, British karate gold medallist James Ford Jnr, woman’s ice hockey internationalist Beth Scoon and teenage canoeing star Rachel Syme are all on the short-list – and they need YOUR votes to win the award.
Vote now using our text service (details below) and you’ll also be entered into our prize draw for a £50 voucher to spend at top Kirkcaldy High Street sports retailer, ACA Sports. The Sports Personality of the Year 2011 winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony in March.
RYAN OSWALD (athletics): Burntisland sprinter Ryan (22) has had an amazing 2011, winning the Scottish 200m championship – and climbing to number one in the Scottish rankings. He was a silver medallist in the 100m final, and also made the final of the British U23 100m. He races for both Pitreavie AAC and Manchester-based club Sale Harriers. He is in the Scottish sprint squad that is preparing for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT RYAN leaving a space between each word to 61500
JAMES FORD JNR (karate): James, aged 20 from Leven, is a Black Belt 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate. He has been training since he was eight and was the youngest junior black belt in Scotland aged 10. James has excelled in 2011, winning a bronze, two silvers and a gold medal at the Scottish Grand Prix, making him the overall Scottish Kata Champion. He then went on to win gold at the British International Open Karate Championships.
TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT JAMES leaving a space between each word to 61500
BETH SCOON (ice hockey): From learning to skate with Kirkcaldy Ice Hockey Club and Torbain Tigers Roller Hockey Club, Beth (16) has progressed to GB level in both sports representing the GB senior women’s roller hockey team and GB U18 women’s ice hockey teams at their respective World Championships in 2011. Beth travels thousands of miles in a season competing in the Women’s Premier Division with Hull and attending National training.
TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT BETH leaving a space between each word to 61500
RACHEL SYME (canoeing): Rachel is 14-years-old and is in fourth year at Beath High School. She is Kirkcaldy Canoe Club’s under 14 girls champion but her 2011 success stretched to national level. She was first placed in her age group in the British Championships K4 over 500m and 1000m, while she also claimed silver in the K2 500m. She has been also selected for the Scottish Development Squad for sprint canoeing.
TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT RACHEL leaving a space between each word to 61500
TERMS & CONDITIONS: Texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate. Voting closes at midnight on Tuesday, January 31. Please note if you should enter after the stated closing deadline your entry will not valid but you still may be charged. For quality and training purposes we may monitor communications. SMS services are provided by Velti DR Ltd SE1 8ND - 02076335000.
NOTE: There are eight more sports award categories are up for grabs. See page 61 of this week’s Fife Free Press for nomination details.